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Monthly Archives: November 2021

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Marvel Lawsuit Against Artists’ Estate Highlights Issue Of Copyright After Death

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe recently took note of a lawsuit filed by Marvel against the estates of several deceased comic book artists. The lawsuit was prompted by an obscure provision of U.S. law that allows authors–and their probate estates–to reclaim copyrights that were previously assigned to a third party. Marvel, a subsidiary… Read More »

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What Leads To A “Rebuttable Presumption” Of Undue Influence In Procuring A Will?

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

A will is invalid if it can be proven that the document was procured by “undue influence.” The Florida Supreme Court has long held that there is a “rebuttable presumption” of undue influence when a “substantial beneficiary” of a proposed will had a “confidential relationship” with the testator and used that relationship to “actively… Read More »

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What Is The Deadline For Someone To Claim An “Elective Share” Of Their Spouse’s Estate?

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

Florida law provides that the surviving spouse may claim an “elective share” of their deceased spouse’s estate, notwithstanding any contrary provisions in the decedent’s estate planning documents. In simple terms, a person cannot fully disinherit their own spouse. The elective share is equal to 30 percent of the “elective estate,” which includes not just… Read More »

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How Do Florida Courts Deal With Inheritance Claims From “Illegitimate” Children?

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

Florida law makes no distinction between “legitimate” or “illegitimate” children when it comes to inheritance rights. Any biological child of a deceased individual has the same right to inherit from the parent’s estate if they died without leaving a valid will or trust. Of course, a parent is free to disinherit an adult child… Read More »

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Do Probate Courts Resolve Disputes Over Life Insurance Policies?

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

A question we often get is, “Is my life insurance policy considered part of my estate?” In terms of a probate estate, the answer is usually “no.” Life insurance policies typically have a named beneficiary, such as a spouse of a child. Upon the insured person’s death, the insurance company will simply pay any… Read More »

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